By Mike Smukler, Finance director, BMH, and MLH team captain
On June 9, 2019, Main Line Health will once again field a team to ride in the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon. Last year there were 3,367 participants and Main Line Health fielded the 2nd largest team of 116 riders. This event raised in excess of $1,386,000 to fight cancer. The Main Line Health team came in 4th place, having raised over $50,300. Since the team’s inception in 2005, we have raised over $677,000 in our fight against cancer. Our goal this year is 150 participants raising over $65,000 and maintaining our status as the top health care team. Our end point lunch and team tent will be on the beach. Can you think of anything better than an enjoyable bike ride and a dip in the ocean?
This event is open to all Main Line Health employees, physicians, outside support employees (Aramark, JLL) volunteers, board members and their immediate families and their friends. In addition, we are encouraging cancer-surviving patients to join our team.
There are six route options ranging from 20 miles to 100 miles. It is for riders of every skill level. This year’s ride will start at the Ben Franklin Bridge at 6:30 am and end at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (67 miles). In addition, there is an optional 100-mile route, a 55-mile route starting in Cherry Hill, NJ, a 31-mile route starting in Hammonton, NJ and a 20-mile route starting in Egg Harbor NJ. This ride is heavily patrolled with support vehicles in case you or your bike breaks down. There is police support at most intersection
All adult riders have a minimum fund raising total of $100 this is on top of your registration fee.
The registration fee is $80 ($180) from April 1 to May 31, and from June 1 until the day of the event, the fee is $100 ($200). Youth are free, but must raise $40 total. Funds that you raised can be applied against the fee. This fee includes a required $100 fundraising fee. All team members are encouraged to raise additional funds to fight cancer. To register please go to www.acsbike.org Click “Register”, then “Join a Team” (Team Main Line Health) and follow the steps to register.
For those of you who think you can’t do it, just consider the following: in the past, Main Line Health had a cancer survivor patient who was in his mid to late 60s still undergoing radiation treatments finish the ride. And don’t be surprised if an 80-year-old passes you– there were several. You will be amazed how many kids do the ride. It can be a great family event. This event is not a race; it is a bike ride to raise funds to fight cancer. It should be a fun, enjoyable day.
Please support our riders as we raise money to fight this disease. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, at SmuklerM@mlhs.org or 484.337.8082. I look forward to seeing you on the road.